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Old 05-31-2005   #1
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Rafting Western Washington or Northern Oregon

I'm looking for a good stretch of river Class 3 or 4 to run for a day in one of these two regions on my way down from vancouver. I know they have not had the greatest winter and water will probably be lower but if you can suggest something that will be running around July 17th I'd appreciate it.

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Old 05-31-2005   #2
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Check out the White Salmon in Southern WA. Across the Columbia River from the town of Hood River, OR.

Sweet river mixed w/III & IV's

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check out the boulder drop section on the Skykomish River east of Everett on your way down. The AW website has a great write up of all Washington Rivers, flows, directions, etc...
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Old 05-31-2005   #4
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I agree that in a normal year the White Salmon would be your best bet (3+ with a clean 12 footer) but if the level on the Husum guage is below 1.5 it'll be pretty bony. You might consider the lower deschutes. Its only class 3 but pretty fun if you take the hardest lines you can find. It always runs and is guaranted to be warm. Its often crowded in July and August so a week day would be best if you can swing it. Make sure to get a boater pass b/c the rangers are everywhere and will slap you with a big ticket if you have no boater pass.
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Old 06-05-2005   #5
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Thank you for the advice! If anyone else has ideas let me know.
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Old 06-06-2005   #6
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The Sky is probably your best bet, the Noooksack near Mt BAker and the Skagit always have water. The wenatchee is also running but is 2 hours from seattle. The deschutes in N oregon is also fun but Hot . The roadsoide section near maupin is the easiest access and most concentrated WW.( class III)
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